Outdoor recreation needs sustainable funding

As a state that relies heavily on tourism and recreation as one of its primary economic forces, Maine has been squandering one of its most valuable assets for far too long: the land and open space that locals and visitors love so much. read more    

Maine Backyard Campout encourages safe outdoor fun amid pandemic

Nearly 30 communities have so far signed up for the July 10-11 weekend event. NORTH YARMOUTH — With many traditional summertime events canceled or altered this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Maine Recreation and Park Association is encouraging families across the state to celebrate the outdoors in a safe and socially distanced way: […]

A letter from Farmington Parks and Recreation Director Matthew Foster

With almost 9,000 views in our second full week of online programming here at the Farmington Recreation Department, I am beginning to feel less like the Director of Parks and Recreation and more like a television network executive. Online programming is uncharted waters for us to say the least, and even though we may not […]

New Rec programs help community, good for staff

“I can see a lot more positives than negatives coming out of this whole COVID-19. I’ve never seen a time when families were brought so close together, peoples’ lives weren’t so busy, were slowed down. Families are playing board games, going on walks. Kids are playing outside, neighbors are saying hi,” Farmington Parks and Recreation […]

Mechanic Falls committee to seek summer recreation director

Town councilors, parents want the summer day camp to stay in town. MECHANIC FALLS — The Town Council decided Tuesday night to have the Recreation Committee find a summer recreation director to keep the summer day camp in town and not send campers to the Outdoor Learning and Education Center in Auburn. Council Chairwoman Cathy […]

Maine Outdoor Recreation Survey

Since established in 1964, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has provided financial assistance in the acquisition and or development of over 800 projects in Maine. Of these more than 625 are municipal projects found in roughly 287 municipalities across the state.  Virtually every major city and town in the state has at least one […]